Never Put the Breaks on Safety

 

Defective brake systems in commercial vehicles constitute a major reason why these vehicles are placed out of service. As a member of the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA), the California Highway Patrol (CHP) will observe Brake Safety

Awareness Week, September 8 – 14, 2013, to promote commercial vehicle brake safety.

With more than 1,000 CHP employees dedicated to commercial vehicle enforcement, the department operates 51 Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Facilities throughout the state. On average, the CHP conducts more than 500,000 commercial vehicle inspections annually. These vehicle inspections, conducted both on-highway and off by the CHP, help ensure commercial

vehicle owners and operators are in compliance with state law.

“Our goal is to reduce the number and severity of highway collisions caused by faulty brake systems on commercial vehicles,” said CHP Commissioner Joe Farrow. “Proper brake inspections, maintenance, and operation are the responsibility of drivers and mechanics.”

This year’s week-long, grant-funded effort provides an increased focus on commercial vehicle operation safety and involves both enforcement and education. In addition to roadside inspections of trucks and buses, the CHP will educate drivers, mechanics, and others on the importance of proper brake inspection maintenance. Grant funding is use to increase resources

for the weeklong event.

“The purpose is to improve commercial vehicle brake safety throughout California,” said Commissioner Farrow. “Our goal is to educate everyone on the importance of this issue so that we can all travel safely on the roadways.”

CVSA is a not-for-profit organization comprised of local, state, and federal motor carrier safety officials and industry representatives. Their mission is to promote commercial motor vehicle safety and security by providing leadership to enforcement, industry, and policy makers.

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